The facts about affirmative action in employment and education

August 09, 2000

Washington, DC -- Affirmative action remains one of the most contentious issues of public policy. It is hotly debated on talk shows, in op-ed pieces, and in news reports on and off the campaign trail. Typically, discussions are based on popular myths and misconceptions, with little or no grounding in empirical reality.

This media briefing seeks to add the "voice" of data and present the latest in research on affirmative action. The facts and findings about affirmative action in employment and education to be presented here are new and merit attention by the public and policymakers alike.

Three prominent sociologists, all experts on affirmative action, will present their work in a special media briefing on Monday, August 14th at 11:30 at the Marriott Wardman Hotel as part of the Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association in Washington DC.
Date: August 10, 2000

Journalists are invited to attend any of the more than 500 presentations, book panels, poster sessions and symposia featured on a wide range of topics at the Annual Meeting. Press facilities will be located in Room 8826 of the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel.

Media Office Phone, August 11-16: 202-745-2151; Fax 202-745-2152

Contact: Public Information
202-383-9005, ext. 320

American Sociological Association

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